|V/A - Wein, Weib und Gesang [kpu072] - V/A|
Our largest and most ambitious release to date, "Wein, Weib und Gesang" is a focus on experimental and ambient-styled electronics, with tracks from a group of some of the most remarkable musicians around. Some of these faces are new to Kikapu, while some have previously released here a number of times. The title is an old German saying that is loosely translated as "wine, women and songs...all you need to be happy in life." Seeing as this release clocks in at nearly five hours in length, these s...
Downloads: 85,691 (5 reviews)
|Leonard J. Paul - The Corporation Soundtrack [kpu101] - Leonard J. Paul|
Our final release of 2006 is the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for the award-winning Canadian documentary The Corporation, produced by Canadian composer Leonard J. Paul. This is the original music soundtrack plus extra pieces, totaling 28 tracks for the release. It also comes w/ artwork and full liner notes from Leonard himself. This is a huge release for us, and we're very proud to be able to offer it at Kikapu...
Downloads: 48,307 (2 reviews)
|The Over Greenland - The Lost Levels EP [kpu100] - The Over Greenland|
This amazing EP is from Ed Powley's new project, The Over Greenland. Ed has been releasing music under his own name, and the ever-popular Colophon moniker for years now on a great many other net.labels. His first Kikapu release is entitled The Lost Levels EP which contains five tracks of guitar-driven beauty. At times uplifting and bombastic, at others minimal and relaxing, this is one incredibly special album, and is definitely worthy of being our 100th release.
Keywords: post-rock; guitar; electronic
Downloads: 6,329 (1 review)
|Mike Verde - Hypocenter [kpu074] - Mike Verde|
Vancouver seems to be turning out a great number of highly creative artists as of late, as our recent releases have shown, and Mike Verde is another example of the great new music that is coming out of British Columbia. Hypocenter is an EP that has a little bit of everything - obvious jazz influences, intricate breaks and rhythm sections, really beautiful melodies, and an emotional underlay that is evident throughout all of the songs...
Downloads: 12,642 (2 reviews)
|off land - rest ep [kpu092]|
The debut release of off land is a marvelous collection of subdued, melancholic ambience and electronics. Things slowly start off with minimal drones, followed by shuffling beats and anomalous guitar loops, interspersed with vocal snippets. The rest flows like water, with hints of nominal piano melodies, acoustic rhythms, bells and drones sliding in and out through this elegant collection, floating off into oblivion...
Keywords: ambient; electronic; minimal
|Reconstructing Richard - Fun Rabbit Facts [kpu016] - Reconstructing Richard|
Definitely the most interesting release we've offered yet, here lies an EP by Reconstructing Richard. Four songs of pure 4-bit Gameboy madness. While we here at Kikapu have always been fans of the chip-music permeating the waves of the interweb, this is our first full release of microtunes. And that's not all! We are also offering you a wonderful opportunity to eavesdrop on some remixes of original Reconstructing Richard material reinterpreted by twelve different artists, some who are kikapu mai...
Downloads: 2,835 (1 review)
|souns - lights [kpu073] - souns|
souns is an ambient project from vancouver-based DJ/producer/promoter michael red. 'lights' came out of the source material created exclusively for an event michael put together for newformsfestival 04. the event, simply titled 'a sound event', was successful in creating a fusion between modern electronic music and ancient healing sound. happening in four movements, the most intensive healing work happened in the second and third movement...
|Cellular - EP [kpu001] - Cellular|
The first official release on Kikapu is this long-tracker EP from resident superhero, cellular. cellular is Adrian Jonsson, 20, from ÃÂstersund, Sweden, and his sound lives somewhere within the realms of IDM, drill n' bass, ambient, and 8-bit electronica. This EP covers all intricacies of these styles, while not being overbearing and finding itself within a hole of one of these particular genres...
Downloads: 7,220 (1 review)
|roto visage - la muse cachée [kpu099] - roto visage|
file under: dark ambience, elegance, density roto visage returns with another incredible full-length of dark, experimental ambience, titled la muse cachée. For this, our 99th release, roto visage takes you into the darkest recesses of your mind, and won't let go. Really fantastic stuff, frightening at times, serene at others. This is a must-listen.
Keywords: dark ambient; experimental
|Komsomol - Words and Pictures [kpu012] - Komsomol|
Fortunately for all of you loyal Kikapu net.fans out there, Finnish artist Sami Liuski recently contacted us about releasing this set of tracks that he composed recently. Upon first listen, one can hear the arctic environment of northern Finland that Komsomol calls home. These BoC-esque tracks paint a picture of a sunny winter's day with warm vintage analogue synths and detached human vocal samples...
|Books On Tape - Mes Jours En Tant Que FranÃ§ais [kpu036] - Books On Tape|
Yet another free collection of tracks from Books on Tape. There can be no explanation for the sheer volume of free music this guy gives away except for SHEER INSANITY. Since last December, the world has seen from Books a full-length CD, an mp3 EP on Subverseco, a 3" EP on Piehead. Not to mention a massive West Coast tour. The boy does not stop. And to further demonstrate, here is one of two new Books on Tape mp3 EP's, yours for the taking...
Downloads: 1,386 (2 reviews)
|Roto Visage - La coquille et le clergyman [kpu111]|
The sounds of Roto Visage seep into the celluloid and flicker with the moving images of what has been argued as being the first surrealist film, Antonin Artaud and Germaine Dulac's La coquille et le clergyman (The Seashell and the Clergyman, 1928). Implementing a phantasmagorical approach towards construction, a boundless number of sound sources and arrangement techniques were fused together to create this soundtrack...
|Eric Laurence - Broken Vision [kpu054] - Eric Laurence|
A new concise sixteen minute EP comes down from the rolling pastures of Illinois in the form of this new collection of tracks by the unofficial Kikapu tour manager, Eric Laurence. Mr. Laurence has been here since the beginning, and he keeps coming back to throw more sample-laden tracks at our faithful listeners. The first and third cuts of this EP are aural soundscapes featuring beautifully haunting vocal samples from a Russian vocalist, while the second and fourth tracks are more straight-ahea...
Downloads: 6,237 (1 review)
|Crashed By Car - Low Light Rewinder [kpu038] - Crashed By Car|
Presented here is a strangely beautiful collection of experimental electronics from Crashed By Car, the latest project of Brandon Reid Huey from Minneapolis. "Low Light Rewinder" is snowy harmonics and delicate overlapping geometries of melody, percussion, and noise articulating a less-travelled territory of music. From "Alone Machines" where massive unsettling marimba detunings and ring modulations are strikingly reconciled by a warm string arrangement, to the bouncing chain-linked and reversed...
Downloads: 6,086 (1 review)
|r_garcia - travel by light rail [kpu070] - r_garcia|
Nophi Records frontman r_garcia returns to Kikapu with another gorgeously fun EP of chiptune bleeps, beautiful melodies, and remarkable riddims. One might call this a pop-centric view of the IDM sound, whatever that may be. In essence though, it's just a wonderfully enjoyable collection of tracks that will get your booty shaking and have you grinning ear to ear.
Downloads: 1,442 (3 reviews)
|Aplink - Galatea Galante / Four-hour Fugue [kpu090] - Aplink|
The mysterious Aplink has arrived with a short but excellent EP of ambience and drones. The tracks here focus on minimalism and the passage of time via repetition and layering; each feels like a cut out cross-section of a larger piece of composition. Insular and introspective, yet outwardly accessible to all.
Keywords: Ambient; Drone; Electronic; Experimental
Downloads: 2,665 (2 reviews)
|Jenglander - Jenglander EP [kpu045] - Jenglander|
You may know Alexey Devyanin from his past releases as Stud. You may also know Brandon Reid Huey from his past releases as Crashed By Car and Red Lines. Last year the two joined up electronically via the wonderful communicative lines of the world wide interweb and collaborated on a five-track EP, presented here under the Jenglander moniker. A mellow collection of melodic electronica, these tracks take on a life of their own, while still representing each artist's respective solo work...
|Randomajestiq - Spclab9 EP [kpu024] - Randomajestiq|
Russian cosmonauts Randomajestiq (Vladimir Hropov and Andrew Kolochinski) make their Kikapu debut in fine fashion with this EP. Masters of complex, multi-layered post-industrial electronics, Randomajestiq formed in 1998 with the goal of conquering the world with melodic IDM and high-quality engineering. Listening to Randomajestiq is like riding in an electro-Cadillac; you chill in the back and let the drivers do the work for you...
|Satellite Grooves - Soundscapes Of Filtered Stars [kpu017] - Satellite Grooves|
Head of the music label Slide The Needle, John Kale sends bleeps, blips, and bloops, from his bedroom to your eagerly awaiting ears. Growing up through hardcore rock bands to the world of electronic compositions, the Satellite Grooves sound is an amalgam of spacious pads, chill melodies, and analog electronics. Satellite Grooves is often compared to Morr Music, E*Vax, B. Fleischmann, and possibly our good friend Phasmid...
|Bubblegone - Somewhere Between Summer and Winter [kpu089] - bubblegone|
Bubblegone began as an experiment in a new medium for an artist who had not yet found a voice. The medium of experimental ambient noise allowed him to create something that flowed and had the same color and texture as his thoughts and feelings. Bubblegone is one artist who performs solo and often collaborates with other musicians. Artistically, bubblegoneÃÂÃÂs main focus in audio experimentation is to put thoughts and feelings into an audio context...
|litmus0001 - Bliss [kpu084] - litmus0001|
litmus0001 has returned with another beautiful full-length album. This new work is similar to his previous Kikapu release in the fact that it revolves around live instrumentation and improvisation that ultimately terminates in some of the deepest and most emotional ambience we've had the pleasure of offering. But at the same time litmus0001 has taken his sound to an entirely new level with the addition of more solid rhythms and structured melodies weaving in and out of the drones of a few key tr...
Keywords: Electro, IDM, Experimental
|Overdose Kunst - Autopoiesis [kpu104] - Overdose Kunst|
file under: Japanese experimentation, abstract, noise Great new release today from the Japanese duo Overdose Kunst, entitled 'Autopoiesis.' Five tracks of experimental abstractions, moments of noise and chaos interspersed with moments of pure beauty. Not to be missed.
Keywords: experimental; abstract; noise; ambient
Downloads: 4,757 (2 reviews)
|Stud - Phicusology [kpu021] - Stud|
Stud is back from the frigid corners of Siberia, this time with a long-tracker EP of new material exclusive to Kikapu. He comes from the school of keeping tracks short and to the point, as none of the tracks present herein eclipse the three minute mark. But unlike other artists who write short tracks making you the listener feel cheated, Stud's tracks are so complex and honest that each piece feels like it has run its length and is fully complete...
|Aidan Baker & Ben Fleury-Steiner - Second Week of the Second Month [kpu107] - Aidan Baker & Ben Fleury-Steiner|
file under: guitar duos, dark ambient, abstracted electric drones We have a fantastic and much-anticipated new release available today from two of our favorite solo artists - Aidan Baker and Benjamin Fleury-Steiner - collaborating here for 'Second Week of the Second Month.' All the sounds in these four tracks are composed entirely from the electric guitar and it's amazing what these two artists can get out of a single sound source.
Keywords: ambient; dark ambient; abstract; drone; experimental; guitar
|C Photon - Gritty EP [kpu062] - C Photon|
Get down wit' yo bad selves! This new EP from Sarajevo's C Photon is lots of fun and actually danceable (gasp!). Seeing as how I'm tired and lazy, I'll let C Photon describe it for you himself: "With this EP my goal was to produce a complex mixture of organic sounds with the help of digital technology; a digital reconstruction of organic sounds. A session-like approach was used a lot. I think that sequencing can`t always work for my music and with this approach I can achieve more natural soundin...
Downloads: 1,831 (1 review)
|r_garcia - Gluteus.Freq [kpu041] - r_garcia|
Florida native and Nophi Recordings frontman r_garcia has so lovingly graced our presence with an album of new tunes, a full 40 minutes worth of new music exclusive to Kikapu that is. While not afraid to show his experimental side, r_garcia's music borders on a mix between melodic electronics and noise, with a surprising slice of soul and funk mixed in. One can also hear his love for indie rock shining through on these tracks, so feel free to rock out yourself to these twelve amazingly fun and b...
Downloads: 24,398 (3 reviews)
|Eight BT - The 2.06 Minutes Man [kpu019] - Eight BT|
Take the 60's, make it in the 70's, flip out at the 80's, divide the 90's, mix it with the 21st century and you will get: *voila* electronical-tv-game-life-influenced-retro/new-pop-muziq. Video game music producer Leon Wolczynski kicks it from Sweden in pure 8-bit fashion on his first Kikapu release. He reminds you to look back on your youth, and dance...
|Kikapu Podcast 005|
This podcast features tracks from Bubblegone's new album, 'Somewhere Between Summer and Winter.'
Keywords: podcast, electronica, ambient
|v/a - coloured lights [kpu078] - v/a|
The long-awaited companion piece to 'lights,' the first release from souns, is now here. 'coloured lights' is a collection of remixes of original material from 'lights,' re-interpreted by a number of amazing artists from around the globe. While many of the artists who supplied remixes for this project are based in souns' city of Vancouver, BC, artists from the US, Europe, and even China are represented here, with most of the faces new to Kikapu...
|Ten and Tracer - Fourth Lake [kpu004] - Ten and Tracer|
Colorado-based artist Ten and Tracer, aka Jonathan Canupp, taps into the emotional side of music, implementing smooth melodies that lazily float into your brain and back out again. His use of subtle, yet beautiful breaks, rhythms, and melody lines enforce this idea and takes the listener on a down tempo journey. This EP contains two exclusive tracks, plus two alternate versions of tracks that are on his album 'An Hour Brighter' on U-Cover.
|Wavespan & Nobuto Suda - After the Rain [kpu118] - Wavespan & Nobuto Suda|
For our final release of 2012, we have what might be the single most inspiring and epic piece of music ever released on Kikapu. Wavespan and Nobuto Suda have joined forces to create a single song consisting of various instrumentations, field recordings and drones along with a long list of musical guests adding their own input to the piece, combining their particular elements into the greater whole...
Downloads: 1,034 (1 review)
|pino the frog - seed comma axiom [kpu080] - pino the frog|
Well-known net.label artist pino the frog, with past notable releases on both Nishi and Please Do Something, offers his first Kikapu release in the form of a remarkable EP that is one half originals, and one half remixes. The first half of the release consists of remixes of Carl Kruger originals by pino himself. These tracks are on an experimental plane with hints of ambience flirting around the percussive elements of the tracks...
Downloads: 5,428 (1 review)
|Gustav Bjorklind - Bok [kpu033] - Gustav Bjorklind|
The Swedish takeover of Kikapu continues with our latest release from Gustav BjÃ¶rklind. This release is in a bit of a different direction from what you might call a past discernable "Kikapu sound" with a definite microsound influence. Gustav claims Miles Davis, Kompakt, and coffee as an influence for these tracks, and it shows. Abstract techno with minimal clicks and cuts for breaks, these tracks are a great example of Gustav's style and a very welcome addition to the Kikapu catalogue.
|raemus - Sp*m Filt_er [kpu071] - raemus|
raemus's music explores the relationship between composer and automated composition system. Using personal software created in Max/MSP, tendencies are determined, but musical details are decided by the system in a realtime improvisation. Sp*m Filt_er are a series of works that explore more melodic and harmonic relationships than previous works. Several automated players" explore similar material in different ways...
|Veem - Station [kpu058] - Veem|
Kicking off a month of ambient releases here at Kikapu, newcomer Veem bring us seven delicate tracks of beautiful ambient soundscapes. Reminiscent of some of our past ambient releases, these songs are quite spacey, dreamy, and often just slightly drifting along at times, flowing into one another quite nicely. Its headphone-listening at its best.
|Nick Cramer - Barren [kpu010] - Nick Cramer|
We celebrate our tenth release at Kikapu by offering another gem by our official space cadet Nick Cramer. This new EP shows that Nick is consistently one step ahead of the ambient and psychedelic sound with his own brand of space music with hints of jazzy breakbeats and dreamy atmospheric pads. It appears that San Francisco really is the hub of our galaxy.
|litmus0001 - great [kpu069] - litmus0001|
litmus0001 is Jonathan Ewald, a multi- instrumentalist and gifted producer from the U.S. who creates ambient soundscapes by way of live instrumentation through a series of effects and loops. While the six string bass is his focus, his use of guitar, synth, and programmed rhythms is exemplary and helps add to the depth of his improvisations. His music has been described as "downtempo neo-psychedelic organo-electronic post-/avant-/anti-rock," and this portrayal barely scratches the surface...
Downloads: 2,374 (1 review)
|The Strait Of Anain - The Strait Of Anain EP [kpu097] - The Strait Of Anain|
The debut release from The Strait Of Anain is a four-track EP of amazing depth and beauty; it utilizes full live instrumentation, spoken word, and vocals to perfection. Similar to some of our past releases by Matt Borghi and adcBicycle, this is another shining moment for Kikapu.
|Red Lines - Fear of Human Contact [kpu015] - Red Lines|
Brandon Reid Huey offers some music to accompany an image of Isao Yamada and the 50-metre transmission tower he maintains on 12 square miles of desert for unknown reasons. This single is a preview of his upcoming full-length.
|Matt Borghi and Jason Sloan - Guilford [kpu066] - Matt Borghi and Jason Sloan|
The realization of these two improvisational live performances by Matt Borghi and Jason Sloan as a proper release has been a long time coming, and we at Kikapu couldn't be more honored to be bringing these pieces to you now. Both tracks hover just below the half-hour mark, and both incorporate laptops, guitars, and field recordings. Jason Sloan has also produced a short video featuring footage from the recording sessions as an added bonus to this release...
|Telegraphy - 0 dbm - Telegraphy|
Experimentations in sounds of shortwave. 0 dBm is a concept E.P. from Detroit producer Telegraphy (Richard Sudney). The concept being, combining in real time, audio of shortwave signals from which a vintage vacuum tube communications receiver is used as a back drop for Telegraphy's minimal dub'ed sound-scapes. This receiver, with it's etheric property's not found in today's solid state electronics, captures outer worldly tonalities and energies...
|roto visage - der golem [kpu087] - roto visage|
This highly abstract release from Kikapu newcomer, roto visage, is mostly minimal, yet in some instances dense, containing layer upon layer of bleak, disturbing and desolate soundscapes. His debut album, "der golem," can be closely aligned with dark ambient yet moves away from the genre with its organic, meditative explorations. The inherent isolation within the tracks is at times uncomfortable, a forced introspection, but quickly sinks into a dark solitude, as though anything beyond melancholy ...
Keywords: Electronic; Ambient; Noise
Downloads: 24,775 (1 review)
|Jizzello - The Epoch EP [kpu002] - Jizzello|
Distorted techno breaks, dirty south-influenced electro-hop, and chirpy down tempo.
|Breaks The Blank Day - s/t [kpu095] - Breaks The Blank Day|
Breaks The Blank Day takes small, insignificant slices of sound and intricately builds them up into overlapping waves of audio. Liberally making use of filters and other effects, the tracks on this debut release are ever-shifting patterns and loops that pulsate hypnotically through your aural hemisphere. Best served with headphones late at night in the dark.
Keywords: minimal; ambient
|Kino-Glaz - Fifty Year Spectacular [kpu013] - Kino-Glaz|
"You get more pulling power with Kino-Glaz - and new 1952 owner reports prove that Kino-Glaz is breaking economy records right and left! Featuring overdriven basslines and lots of clicks; pull your loads easier - at less cost - with Kino-Glaz!" The amazing Red Antenna music and design collective shines through with this EP of three new tracks and one older track freshly remixed. With hints of dub, minimal techno, and hip hop, their output is always top notch and they definitely don't disappoint ...
|Mental TSP - Control Implications [kpu035] - mental tsp|
Tee Parham is not wholly unfamiliar to visitors of Kikapu; he is also one of the men behind the Karl Zeiss project, which was one of our first releases nearly a year ago. mental tsp is Mr. Parham's solo project, and he has decided to offer an exclusive release through the Kikapu site. He states that the idea behind 'control implications' is that of "social systems as machines and the concept of the individual within those machines," while at the same time being motivated by "global tension and p...
|Hapbt - Apocalypse Later [kpu042] - Hapbt|
Clint Anderson has been producing music for nearly a decade now, starting off in the familiar territory of tracking at his home in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and slowly working his way into other realms of software and hardware production. His analog-designed soundscapes are usually on edge, with a hint of drum n' bass and techno present as well; these tracks range from in-your-face electronics to slow melodic ambient pieces.
|Stryph - Mastering Monophonic [kpu037] - Stryph|
Niklas Winde is back again to take y'all back with his latest exclusive Kikapu release. The title says it all: these tracks take the discernable listener back to the good old days of analog drum machines and modular synthesizers. Things start off mellow and ambient, and then quickly move into 4/4 territory just begging you to get up and dance. So sit back, start up your favorite old Atari game, and kick it to the monophonic jams.
Downloads: 1,056 (1 review)
|DJ Abstract - Kikapu Poo Vol. 1 - DJ Abstract|
DJ Abstract is helping us bridge the gap from the days of Kikapu past to the future. As we're re-launching the label this fall, we thought a mix of songs from past releases would let our listeners re-visit some great tracks and artists and help build excitement for the new releases we have planned. DJ Abstract picked fourteen of his favorite Kikapu tracks into this amazing mix. We hope this is the first of many Kikapu compilation mixes! Below is the tracklist: 01 Off Land - Time 02 Dub Jay - Six...
Downloads: 449 (1 review)
|Vagskal - Crossroads [kpu032] - Vagskal|
Hailing from southern Sweden, one-man project VÃ¤gskÃ¤l likes his music abstract with some aggressive basslines and faint melodies. Whether sampling old analogue drum machines or his math class, VÃ¤gskÃ¤l keeps things ever changing and morphing into new sounds. Experimental, dark ambient, abstract - any of these terms work in describing his sound; only one song on this EP constitutes having a constant breakbeat, while the others drop you head-first into waves of droning soundscapes...
Downloads: 2,267 (1 review)